Pilot Shortage Forces Horizon Air to Cancel 6% of August Flights

The worsening shortage of new airline pilots is the direct cause of one of the country’s largest regional airlines canceling a considerable number of flights this summer, including canceling 6% of their flights in August alone as reported by FlightGlobal.com and The Seattle Times.

Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group and is the airline that was forced to cancel flights.

“Like the rest of the industry, Horizon Air is facing a shortage of pilots caused by attrition and unprecedented Alaska Air Group growth,” said an Alaska Air spokesperson. “Things are looking up for Horizon. June and July pilot new-hire classes are full and we’ve stepped up our recruiting efforts.”

“But it will take time for the new recruitment efforts… to bear fruit,” Alaska Air adds, noting that it expects to hire 300 new pilots in 2017.

To address the shortage, Horizon is paying bonuses up to $20,000 for new Q400 pilots and up to $10,000 for new E175 pilots.

Horizon also pays pilots enrolled at ATP Flight Schools in the Tuition Reimbursement Program up to $11,000 to pay for flight training. Horizon’s pilots just ratified a new contract amendment which has increased starting pay to $40 hourly, up from $30 hourly.

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